LIVINGSTON, NJ — Two students at Livingston High School have been awarded scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for 2019.

Vanessa Hu and David Lin each were awarded National Merit $2,500 scholarships supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation's own funds.

Hu has listed her probable career field as linguistics. Lin listed computer science as his likely field of study.

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National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

These scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

Fourteen Livingston High School seniors were among the semifinalists named this year in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

They are pictured above as follows: (back row) Jonathan Ackerman, Kyle Cao, Sunny Chen, Scott Faber, Vanessa Hu and LHS principal Mark Stern; (middle row) Andrew Jiang, David Lin, Caleb Liu, Isabella Tang and Jason Wang; and (seated in front) Yelin Yao, Catherine Zhang, Jennifer Zheng and Winnie Zhu.